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Should Medical Marijuana Advertisements Air on Television? [POLL]

There haven’t been any cigarette commercials on television since they were banned in 1970. Now there are new smoking commercials hitting the air in new Jersey, but this time, they’re for medical marijuana.

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The ads, which started running on select Comcast cable networks between 10 pm – 5 am, don’t show smoking itself. Instead, they depict a dealer trying to sell “sushi.” The hook of the commercial is to buy your marijuana from marujuanadoctors.com.

The minute-long ad equating sushi and pot was produced in 2011, according to The Daily News, but hadn’t hit the airwaves until now. The CEO of the for-profit company told the Daily News that they were waiting for “populous East Coast states such as New Jersey and Massachusetts” to enact medical marijuana laws.

According to the report, the ad wouldn’t be shown on family-oriented networks but on channels such as: A&E, Bravo, CNBC, ESPN, Fox and the Food Network.

There are some who have a problem with marijuana commercials airing on television, but I say ‘why not?’ If alcohol ads can run all day long, there should be no reason medical marijuana advertisements can’t air. I also love the fact that they don’t spend half of the commercial warning viewers of the side effects.

How do you feel about this?

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